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8/14/2008
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Eric Ogren
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AT&T Blocks Employees From Accessing Tech Blog

This is classic. According to The Boy Genius himself, AT&T has blocked the majority of its employees from viewing the Boy Genius Report Web site. The BGR is a blog that's known to get the inside scoop on lots of mobile devices, especially BlackBerrys. The Boy Genius decided to respond to AT&T in kind. Updated!

This is classic. According to The Boy Genius himself, AT&T has blocked the majority of its employees from viewing the Boy Genius Report Web site. The BGR is a blog that's known to get the inside scoop on lots of mobile devices, especially BlackBerrys. The Boy Genius decided to respond to AT&T in kind. Updated!The Boy Genius Report has a network of informers that keep the site ahead of the curve when it comes to secret products. BGR often has spy shots, reviews, and hands-on time with a lot of the latest and greatest devices long before they are public or available to other blogs. Over The Air has used BGR to provide you, our readers, with some of this information. In fact, much of what we know about certain exciting products from Research In Motion comes directly from the BGR's informants.

AT&T decided that the BGR was not a good place for its employees to spend time, and blocked the Web site. But it didn't block everyone.

Straight from the horse's mouth:

Alright AT&Tizzle, you won. You've blocked people from accessing BGR on your network (unless they are pretty high up), so we're blocking you. That's right. All the higher-ups will no longer be able to surf BGR. They'll have to resort to viewing our scoops on the thousands of sites that pick them up. It was fun while it lasted, but we have a feeling you'll miss us a lot more than we'll miss you.

What else is there to say?

The Boy Genius has decided that if AT&T is only going to let its higher-ups access his site, then no one at the company deserves to read his stuff. He blocked all of AT&T from being able to access the site.

I can understand AT&T's position in the "you-shouldn't-be-surfing-the-Web-at-work" perspective. But why cut off its employees from what is often a valuable source of information that's related to the industry AT&T operates in?

Update

I received emails from several AT&T employees late in the day yesterday who said that the powers that be had un-blocked The Boy Genius Web site. I confirmed this with The Boy Genius. Whoever is controlling the names on AT&T's blacklist has decided to take the BGR off. AT&T employees, get yer BGR on!

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